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BOYCEVILLE – Boyceville Fire Chief Cory Green informed the Community Fire District’s Board of Directors that the $30,750 in Sales Tax saving on the new fire station “was never there.” Green made that statement after Gilbert Krueger, Chairman of the Fire District questioned Green about how much money was still owned to the contractor.
Green told that to the board members present at their January 15th meeting held in the new $1.6 million dollar fire station on Charlotte Street. Green, commented that the building contractor, Shefchik Builders, stated, “he took it (the sales tax savings) out of his bid.”
Green answered Krueger’s question by noting that about $80,000 was still left to pay the contractor and some of that would have to wait for spring to complete the landscaping. Several of the board members stated that they recalled that they were told that the sales tax was in the bid.
Green also noted that the new generator was not in the bid, and that added somewhere near $40,000 to the cost of the facility.
Green reported that the department moved into its new quarters on Saturday January 3rd and their first call out of the new facility was to the train derailment at Knapp.
Green thanked the board for the new fire station and noted that now they have room to walk around each vehicle and they can clean the equipment in the station. Several firefighters attending the meeting also praised the new structure.
Green informed the board that they would be making changes to their meeting schedule for firefighters. He said that their regular monthly meeting would be for meeting and cleaning and then another night would be set aside for training. He also noted the donations from People’s State Bank allowed them to purchase some tables and chairs for the meeting room and other equipment with funds from the Ron Grutt estate with Green saying they still had funds from the $28,000 from Grutt.
He also said that they would be purchasing some boots and 25 to 30 new helmets, and Green told the board that the fire department was planning an open house for the new station to be held on April 26th at 11 a.m., noting that the date was just a year from the ground breaking for the new building. And, finally Green told the board that the department answered 76 calls last year.
Andy Kissh, the interim ambulance chief presented the board with current financial statement of the ambulance that showed recent expenses totaling $60,712 which included a $28,629 payment on one of their vehicles.
Chairman Krueger asked about how much reserve funds the ambulance district has and was informed that there are about $17,300 in three funds. Krueger noted the sixty thousand in expenses and was told that they expected tax funds to be coming in this month.
Kissh also reported that the ambulance made 217 calls last year and they currently have 21 people on staff, but only one lives near the station and can travel from home to the station in a couple of minutes.